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Report on Using Metrics to Understand AAF Performance

Report on Using Metrics to Understand AAF Performance

Report on Using Metrics to Understand AAF Performance
Bill Kobren
Researchers from the RAND Corporation recently issued a new acquisition-related report of potential interest entitled, “Using Metrics to Understand the Performance of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework”.

According to the research report authors, “the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) is intended to improve defense acquisition performance by designing pathways to accommodate the diversity of systems and services that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) acquires. As of 2022, the AAF consists of six pathways: Urgent Capability Acquisition, Middle Tier of Acquisition, Major Capability Acquisition, Software Acquisition, Defense Business Systems, and Acquisition of Services. For each pathway, the authors of this report identify an initial set of metrics that DoD can use to measure performance and assess whether the pathway is achieving its goals. The authors also identify challenges to identifying metrics, both within and across pathways. Key findings (include):
  • AAF metrics should be regularly reviewed and are expected to change in response to changes in strategic goals, leadership priorities, and the results of analysis.
  • Regular and well-defined data governance and management procedures need to be in place for all pathways.
  • A high level of subject-matter expertise is required to gather, process, and analyze data and interpret results.
  • Pathway-specific data challenges are exacerbated by programs interconnected through multiple pathways.
  • The output of this initial set of metrics should be used to refine policy and process and to improve pathway performance and outcomes.”

For those who may not be familiar with the issuers of this report, the RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. Inclusion of a link to this report here is for defense acquisition workforce informational and professional development purposes and does not imply DAU or DoD endorsement of any particular organization, document, findings, or recommendations.